SURFER Magazine is pleased to announce that the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championship is set to return to Mark and Dave's at Playa Colorados in Rivas, Nicaragua, October 22-26, 2018. Seven teams have earned an all-expense-paid journey to the world-class Central American surfing destination for the chance at securing the coveted title of America's Most Core Surf Shop.

Playa Colorados. Photo: Van Swae

The reigning 2017 champions, Sunrise Surf Shop representing the Southeast region, will be looking to defend their title. Attempting to dethrone the squad from Jacksonville Beach, Florida will be this year's regional winners Surf Ride Oceanside (SW), Berdels (NW), Huntington Surf & Sport (W), Hi-Tech Surf Sports (HI), 7th Street Surf Shop (NW), and the recently announced winners of GoPro Wildcard Contest, Secret Spot Surf Shop from North Carolina, who locked in the final spot at Nationals.

New for 2018, all teams who competed at Oakley Surf Shop Challenge regional locations had a last chance opportunity to punch their ticket to the National Championships in Nicaragua by competing in the GoPro Wildcard Contest. The winner was selected through an online voting poll on To see the six finalist videos from GoPro Wildcard Contest please go HERE.

Secret Spot. Photo: Godwin

Congratulations to Secret Spot Surf Shop team members Will Deane, Mark Peer, Quentin Turko, and Stephen Muglia on their OSSC GoPro Wildcard Contest win!

An official call has yet to be made for OSSC National Championship competition during the October 23-25 waiting period.